Movie review: Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

Named Best Animated Feature at the 1994 Chicago International Children's Film Festival, this film proves that not all anime tales are pixie-dust fantasies or brutal sci-fi standoffs. Orphans Seita (voiced by Tsutomu Tatsumi) and Setsuko (Ayano Shiraishi) fight for survival in post-World War II Japan, but society is harsh. Soon, they come to the somber conclusion that they can neither escape the hardships of war nor find enough food to survive.

I gave the movie four stars (out of five) since I thought it had a good message, but I don't feel it would appeal to the largest audience possible. If the movie would have sugar-coated things more than it did, or made conditions even worse for the two, I would have given it a much lower rating.

After watching Ran last night, I'll be looking forward to watching either Blade Runner this weekend, or North by Northwest next week.

Rated: NR
1 hr 28 min
1988

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